If computers gave us medical issues like carpal tunnel syndrome and strained eyes, the smaller techno items like iPads, smart phones and blackberries are giving us neck and shoulder problems as a result of extreme flexing of the neck at various low angles. Of course we love our “go everywhere” digital gadgets but we are paying a price and the price is pain.
Once again, the antidote is exercise, because exercise is medicine and motion is lotion (thanks, Carol, for sharing that motion is lotion expression with us…love it!). Exercises like reverse flies, arms rows and upright rows will help strengthen up the muscles that will help counter the low, forward
flexing of the neck. Since these gadgets are definitely not going anywhere soon, if you are lucky enough to not yet be troubled by them physically, it would be wise to start incorporating some of these moves so you can avoid pain down the road. Also pay attention to the angle your neck is on and try raising your gadgets up higher, like sitting your iPad on a tabletop or bringing your phone up to eye level, instead of bringing your eyes down to phone level. Just because your phone is smart, doesn’t mean YOU can’t be smarter.
- Horsham Chiropractic, Horsham, Pa / Horsham Chiropractor / Glenside, PA (horshamchiropractors.com)